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  • Swine flu 'in almost every country'

    07/24/2009 6:42:50 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 28 replies · 597+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (article from AFP) ^ | July 25, 2009 | Hui Min Neo
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has spread to nearly every corner of the globe, and admits it's still unknown how the virus will mutate in the northern hemisphere's winter. With the death toll still rising rapidly and countries rushing out new ways to check the spread of A(H1N1), the United Nations agency said it's only a matter of time before the pandemic which began in March affects every country. "The spread of this virus continues, if you see 160 out of 193 WHO member states now have cases, so we are nearing almost 100 per cent but not...
  • Calling all volunteers to test swine flu shots

    07/22/2009 9:58:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 9 replies · 413+ views
    NIH calls for thousands of volunteers to test whether new swine flu vaccine works and is safe WASHINGTON (AP) -- The race is on: The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots -- to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this novel virus before its expected rebound in the fall. On Wednesday the National Institutes of Health tapped a network of medical centers around the country to begin a series of studies, with the first shots to go into...
  • [ARGENTINA] H1N1: 94 official deaths, unofficial figures say 100(Swine flu rage in S. Hemisphere)

    07/18/2009 3:35:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,110+ views
    H1N1: 94 official deaths, unofficial figures say 100 The National Health Ministry reported there are 94 H1N1 influenza deaths in Argentina. Meanwhile, Débora Ferrandini, the vice Health Minister of Santa Fe province announced that there are 30 lethal cases in the province which would lead to an unofficial figure of 100 deaths in the country. Santa Fe's Health Ministry confirmed another H1N1 influenza death in the province, where there already are 26 lethal cases, and adds up to 100 deaths in Argentina since the swine flu outbreak in May. The province's authorities reported yesterday another three deaths, most of the...
  • Swine flu sweeping world 'at speed'

    07/17/2009 12:33:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 974+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 18, 2009
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has swept the globe at "unprecedented speed", and a study warns that the pandemic could tip the world into deflation and delay the economic recovery. The WHO said it will stop giving figures on the numbers infected by the A(H1N1) virus to allow countries to channel resources into close monitoring of unexpected developments and patterns in the spread of the disease. Argentina, meanwhile, issued a nationwide alert after pigs were confirmed to have the swine flu virus. "In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as...
  • 67 Air Force cadets stricken with swine flu

    07/14/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 599+ views
    denverpost ^ | 07/13/2009
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The number of cadets with confirmed cases of the swine flu at the Air Force Academy has increased to 67. The academy said Monday that a total of 121 incoming freshmen with flu-like symptoms are being kept in dorms, away from other cadets.
  • Ebola found in pigs for first time raising fears it could mutate and threaten humans

    07/14/2009 9:08:39 AM PDT · by FromLori · 18 replies · 943+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/10/09
    Reston ebolavirus (Rebov) has only been seen in monkeys and humans previously and, unlike other types of Ebola, it is not known to cause illness in people. Researchers say it is theoretically possible for the virus to mutate in pigs into a form that might sicken people. The Philippines had tested 141 people, the researchers said, and six of them who either worked on pig farms or with swine products were found with antibodies to the Ebola-Reston virus, which means they might have been infected by pigs at some time. However, they showed no signs of illness. Rebov belongs to...
  • Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Increase 37% Over Last Two Weeks

    07/11/2009 11:31:43 AM PDT · by Raster Man · 13 replies · 536+ views
    CDC Web site ^ | July 10, 2009 | CDC
    By June 19, 2009, all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported novel H1N1 infection. While nationwide U.S. influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the country at this time, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity.
  • WHO warns Swine Flu 'unstoppable'.......

    07/05/2009 6:11:02 PM PDT · by TaraP · 61 replies · 1,345+ views
    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided. As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer. As the peak of the flu season approaches in South America, some...
  • WHO warns swine flu 'unstoppable'

    07/04/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 56 replies · 1,592+ views
    BBC ^ | July 3, 2009
    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit. The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided. As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer. As the peak of the flu season approaches in South America, some...
  • UK: Swine flu cannot be stopped as 100,000 new cases per day feared

    07/02/2009 8:17:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 836+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 07/03/09 | David Rose
    Swine flu cannot be stopped as 100,000 new cases per day feared David Rose More than 100,000 swine flu cases could be diagnosed every day by the end of next month, the Health Secretary has warned. Britain has moved past the stage of trying to contain the spread of the virus and into the “treatment phase”, Andy Burnham told the House of Commons. Cases of the H1N1 virus were doubling each week in Britain and could reach six figures daily by the end of August if current trends continued, he added. Anyone with flu-like symptoms will be advised to stay...
  • Swine flu 'cannot be contained'

    07/02/2009 8:20:56 AM PDT · by FromLori · 45 replies · 808+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/2/09
    The rising number of swine flu cases mean trying to contain the virus is no longer an option, the government says. Ministers said the emergency response would now move to a new "treatment" phase across the UK as there may soon be 100,000 new cases a day. It means anti-flu drugs will no longer be given to the close contacts of those infected nor will lab testing be done to confirm cases. The move has been made to relieve the pressure on the health service. The announcement, which comes into effect immediately, has long been expected. It does not mean...
  • Pflugerville man is county's first to die of swine flu (Travis county, Texas)

    06/30/2009 1:11:52 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 18 replies · 950+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6.30.2009 | Mary Ann Roser
    A 49-year-old man from Pflugerville is the first person in Travis County to die of swine flu and the 14th known death in Texas, health authorities said Monday.
  • US passes million swine flu cases......

    06/28/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 825+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | June 27th, 2009
    US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago. The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died. The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought. "We're saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year...
  • CDC sees "something different" with new flu

    06/20/2009 7:09:44 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 54 replies · 1,381+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2009 | Maggie Fox
    The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. An unusually cool late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts, the officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick -- meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread, the CDC officials...
  • Bubonic Plague Reported In Libya

    06/17/2009 8:27:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 596+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 17, 2009
    Bubonic plague reported in Libya The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending an expert to Libya to look into a reported outbreak of bubonic plague not far from the Egyptian border. Libyan officials say at least one person has died and several more have been infected in the town of Tubruq. Cases of the disease, which was known as the Black Death in medieval Europe, are reported quite frequently in sub-Saharan Africa. Bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early. The WHO received a request from Libya to investigate the suspected cases in Tubruq on Tuesday, spokeswoman Aphaluck...
  • Russia Confirms Second Swine Flu Case

    05/24/2009 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Times of India ^ | 25 May 2009
    A man who returned last week from a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic has been hospitalized with Russia's second confirmed case of swine flu, health officials said on Sunday. The 25-year-old Russian man reported feeling ill on Wednesday, a day after returning to Moscow from 12 days in the Dominican resort town of Punta Cana, and was hospitalized on Thursday, the state consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor said on its website. He was in satisfactory condition, it said. The man, a resident of the Kaluga province southwest of Moscow, was on his honeymoon, the Interfax and RIA-Novosti news agencies cited Rospotrebnadzor...
  • Two Egyptian Boys Contract Bird Flu - Agency

    05/20/2009 4:39:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 377+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/09
    Two Egyptian boys have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the most populous Arab country to 74, state news agency MENA said on Wednesday. Egypt, hit harder by bird flu than any other country outside Asia, has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks with 14 new human infections and four deaths reported since April 1 -- more than the country saw in all of 2008. The children -- a 4-year-old boy from Daqahlia in the Nile Delta and a 3-year-old boy from Sohag in the south -- were admitted...
  • Memorial for NYC's 1st swine flu death

    05/18/2009 7:28:08 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 6 replies · 414+ views ^ | May 18,2009 | AP
    NEW YORK – A makeshift memorial has been erected outside a New York City school for the assistant principal who was the city's first swine flu death. Matthew Wiener (WEE'-ner) died Sunday after being hospitalized since Wednesday. He had been on a ventilator. Candles and flowers were placed outside Intermediate School 238 in Queens in his memory. Wiener's death is the country's sixth.
  • CDC: Over 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu

    05/16/2009 4:04:21 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 47 replies · 2,814+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/15/09 | Steven Reinberg
    FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide. [snip] In fact, "estimates of the confirmed and probable cases in the United States is probably not the best indicator of transmission at this point," the CDC's Jernigan said. "The outbreak is not localized, but is spreading and appears to be expanding throughout the United States. This is an ongoing public health threat," he said. It's a little hard...
  • CDC H1N1 Flu Update-1639 Confirmed Cases in 43 States

    05/08/2009 12:04:10 PM PDT · by TaraP · 36 replies · 911+ views
    CDC ^ | May 8th, 2009
    The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks. CDC continues to take aggressive action to respond to the expanding outbreak. CDC’s response goals are to reduce spread and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency. CDC is issuing updated interim guidance daily in response to the rapidly evolving situation.